A Beverly, Mass., man is living his fantasy after claiming the overall top spot in all of ESPN.com's fantasy football leagues this season. But the most remarkable part is how he did it.
Nathan Harrington is homeless and unemployed. A 2009 car accident left him unable to work. Near the beginning of the 2010 NFL season, he had to move his fiancee and young child out of their apartment due to the building being condemned.
Without the money to rent a new place to live, let alone a computer and Internet access, how did Harrington manage to keep a fantasy football team afloat and defeat 3.1. million competitors? Says the Salem News:
"He knocked on strangers' doors at the motel to ask if he could use their computer. He used the computer at the Blueberry Hill nursing home in Beverly, where his father was staying, to check the waiver wire. He went to his mother's house. He called in lineup changes to friends. He even made his fiancee, Gabby, pull the car over and wait outside the Beverly library so he could check his lineup."
For his winning effort, Harrington won a $3,500 Best Buy gift card. He turned around and sold the card to his own mother at a $1,000 loss in order to have money for a new apartment. No word on if he has a future as a fantasy football forecaster at the Worldwide Leader, but his fiancee is sure happy he played:
"My fiancee says she's never going to say a word about fantasy football when I'm on the computer again," Harrington said.